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HUMA205M - Special Topics in the Humanities: Narratives of Nurses and Healers (3-0-3)

The Humanities explores what it means to be human within a contemporary or historical context. The Humanities provide us with the broad frameworks within which enduring questions of existence, relationships, values, and aesthetics can be examined from multiple perspectives. The Special Topics in the Humanities course changes thematically each semester and may explore ideas around evil, love, race, gender, sport, spirituality, and those strands which connect us and make us human. Prerequisites: completion of ENGL110M or ENGL110XM (Fulfills Humanities requirement)

This course challenges students to consider how the narrative form (story) intersects with healthcare, specifically the nursing profession and patient care, and how these narratives shape our perceptions. Through this exploration, students examine the use of literature, film, creative non-fiction, and autoethnography in shaping the role, relationship, and experience of both caregiver and patient. Students will engage with research and scholarship and study story composition through their own personal construction of narratives.